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Egypt’s Ousted President Mohammed Morsi Dies During Trial

Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi, ousted by the military in 2013 after one year in office, has collapsed in a courtroom and died, officials say.

A top figure in the now-banned Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi had just addressed the court from a cage at a hearing on charges of espionage.

Morsi, who was 67, had been in custody since his removal after mass protests.

The Muslim Brotherhood said the death was a “full-fledged murder” and called for crowds to gather at the funeral.

Activists and his family had long complained about his prison conditions, saying Morsi was not receiving treatment for serious health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and was constantly being held under solitary confinement.

What happened in court?

Morsi collapsed moments after addressing the court in Cairo at a hearing related to charges of espionage emanating from suspected contacts with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which had close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

He spoke for five minutes from a soundproof glass cage which officials said was designed to prevent him disrupting proceedings. The cause of death was not immediately confirmed but Egypt’s public prosecutor said an initial report showed no signs of recent injuries on the body.

Last month, his family said authorities had repeatedly denied access to him and that they knew little about his health conditions, a situation that “violate[d] constitutions applied all over the world”.

In March last year, his youngest son, Abdullah, said officials were “doing this on purpose, since they want to see him dead ‘from natural causes’ as soon as possible”.

Morsi, who became Egypt’s first democratically elected leader after winning polls in 2012, had already been sentenced to more than 45 years in prison in three separate trials, including leading an outlawed group, detention and torture of anti-government protesters and leaking state secrets.

He had always rejected the authority of the courts, and his supporters denounced the trials as politically motivated and attempts to give legal cover to a coup based on unreliable witnesses and scant evidence.

(Source: BBC)

21 Comments

  1. Spade not Spoon

    For example

  2. KK

    He was not on the side of the big guys USA and others, therefore, he died without human compassion. MHSREP

  3. Moses Mwamba

    Sad News indeed. MHSRIP.

  4. TRUTH SEEKER.

    HE WHO KILLS WITH A SWORD ,WITH THE SWORD SHALL HE DIE

  5. Munchinji

    What a shame. Is Africa a cursed continent ruled by inhuman characters with no feelings for their citizens? When are the majority of Africans going to get relieved of these savages whose main occupation is corruption, theft, murder of opponents, killing of citizens by not providing adequate health services, starting wars that kill millions etc. etc. HEAVEN HELP US ALL!

  6. John Simusamba

    Where is human rights, is it on the paper or just been spoken, please lets feel for the even incorsarated.RIP Morsi.

  7. Joseph malombe

    Morning my fellow country men and women. Africa TWASEBANA does the AU work in Africa,what kind of issues does the AU solve?when is the law going to be applied? Where is justice in Africa? The icons of Africa are finished.mhsrp morsi.

  8. Bashikulu Emma

    Rip morsi,Allah akbar

  9. Hyghly connected

    Africa is still under the leadership of whites.

  10. Jms

    God protects and can kill because he is a jealous God the Almighty who protects his children from harm we must be prepared for anything look what Samson was doing was it bad look what happened in the wildness with the Israelites people where dieing of not obeying God’s wish now when rules are given to those who have horrible minds you complain you should be strong to maintain what power you have been given in fervor of your fellow citizens in accordance of maintaining what the thought of you (all law are good as long as their is à possibility of protection among citizens when you kill without God’s approval it will be also be done to you and when you judge correctly you will be a blessed son)

  11. Sichimata

    Indeed it is sad news.Leaders should learn to belong to Jesus not those cults they call brotherhoods .Citizens also should scrutinize the leaders they choose.

  12. Kalamwendaya

    May his soul rest in peace.

  13. Gangsta grabs

    …All the good people like Mushala are either dead or in jail but Edgar Lungu is still alive…Damn!

  14. Winnipeg Nyirongo

    My condolences to the bereaved family of Muhammad Morsi. May his Soul rest in Eternal Peace. He has run his race. Rest well my dear brother!!! See you in Heaven during Judgement Day.

  15. Simfukwe

    Gangsta grains what has. Edgar lungu done to you to deserve death your hate for lungu will keep haunting you up to death and you will never be resurrected walya fyeubwali wafilwa ukunya ati ni lungu idiots stop this nuisance

  16. Fisunge l

    Gangsta which Edgar lungu are you referring to ?is it the president?may your soul rest in peace before you die and may vultures consume your body before it rots be careful with your words you can just be cursed for nothing don’t play games with some ones life god can take yours if you’re playing

  17. The Taliban

    Abdul Fattah al-Sisi have you seen what you have caused now?

  18. BUPILO KIMASUMDA

    Rip

  19. Samson

    So sad,,,,,rip

  20. puzzled

    r.i.p mr mosi

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